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Season 15 of Real Housewives of Orange County was weird, and pretty boring. Of course, lightning rod Kelly Dodd was making dangerous comments about coronavirus repeatedly.

Kelly apologized profusely, no doubt hoping to save her RHOC job. She also managed to mock the Black Lives Matter movement by sporting a “Drunk Wives Matter” hat.

Real Housewives Of Orange County Kelly Dodd

Kelly Dodd has been a controversial figure on Real Housewives of Orange County, especially last year. Kelly made many incorrect and dangerous comments about the coronavirus pandemic.

All Kelly has done is repeatedly apologize, only to issue more tone-deaf statements. In April o2020, the RHOC star referred to Covid-19 as “God’s way of thinning the herd!”

Emily Simpson Tamra Judge

Technically speaking, Emily Simpson was introduced to Real Housewives of Orange County fans as a friend of Tamra Judge. In reality, we all know a casting department chose her and she had some very loose connection to Tamra. They were not friends and it doesn’t seem like that’s ever gonna happen.

Ever since Tamra got fired “left” the show, she’s been running her mouth left and right in her quest to get back on the show (that she shouldn’t have been fired on…. evidenced by my many yawns in her absence). And, she also has a lot to say about Emily not “making good TV.” But, hey, at least Emily is on TV. Unlike Tamra…

Real Housewives of Orange County reunion Elizabeth Lyn Vargas

Going into the most recent flop of a season of Real Housewives of Orange County, a lot of viewers expected to “side” with Braunwyn Windham-Burke. She supported disenfranchised groups and she seemed to be open-minded. During the premiere episode, she revealed that she is an alcoholic and started her journey of sobriety. She had a lot of people behind her, supporting her.

Then, the tide started to turn. She hired a professional photographer to take pictures of her at a Black Lives Matter protest, which doesn’t exactly scream “sincerity.” She admitted to hitting her husband Sean Burke… multiple times… in front of their children. After that, she came out as a lesbian, claiming that she has never been attracted to her husband, the father of her seven kids. She’s also been calling the paparazzi on herself. Basically, it just feels like a lot of attention-seeking and hypocrisy. No wonder, she’s had issues with every single one of her co-stars this season.

Gina Kirschenheiter

Real Housewives of Orange County is over. It ended on the beach with a womp womp from producers and editors. They said without really saying, “we tried it without Tamra Judge. Replaced her with real live charisma vacuum, Elizabeth Lyn Vargas. And we know, it didn’t work.” The whole series needs an overhaul.

None of these women are natural together. The only thing they have in common is not liking Braunwyn Windham-Burke. The reunion was hard to watch. There was a lot of deflection from every single woman on stage, except Gina Kirschenheiter. Kelly Dodd is not a Covidiot, she’s Black! Braunwyn isn’t a mess. She just had seven kids with her husband because she’s an alcoholic! Emily Simpson does too support LGBTQ people. She went to a club with drag queens that one time! Deflections and irrationality everywhere, and Gina is happy to call it out.

Real Housewives of Orange County reunion Braunwyn Windham-Burke

This is it. The end of Season 15 of The Real Housewives of Orange County. We made it, guys. Now, I for one wouldn’t actually say it’s been the worst season in modern Housewives history. (That distinction still goes, in my opinion, to Season 13…) But it certainly was an odd duck in the show’s fifteen-year canon. And sure, there are plenty of reasons. Blame it on the pandemic. Or in the glaring absence of Tamra Judge and Vicki Gunvalson. Blame it on the new girl. Or on the fact that these women don’t really have authentic friendships anymore.

But really, when you look back at the history of RHOC, the show veered off course after Season 11. And it’s been in a never-ending nose dive ever since. (Though I for one rather enjoyed most of Season 14…) Personally, I have my theories about why that is. (Read: the unforgivable loss of Heather Dubrow, which many fans are just now starting to recognize four seasons after her exit.) But either way, this is where we’ve arrived. So for one last time, let’s dive back into the complicated mire that is Season 15 in the OC.

Braunwyn Windham-Burke Kelly Dodd

Real Housewives of Orange County had a crap year and it’s difficult who to blame the most. Emily Simpson and Gina Kirschenheiter were reduced to being the condiments in a giant, useless sandwich between two pieces of unfortunate bread named Kelly Dodd and Braunwyn Windham-Burke. Poor Shannon STORMS Beador is kind of a discarded piece of lettuce clinging to the plate. There really is no prettying up this season, no matter how you slice it.

Kelly and Braunwyn were…something. Braunwyn managed to reveal numerous issues that negatively impacted both her well-being and her family. She managed to insult as many people as possible by shaming those who protect themselves from diseases and spent the remainder of her camera time unleashing her 23&Me results to prove she isn’t racist. Now Kelly is chomping at the bit and saying she refuses to film with Braunwyn going forward, and we all know how much Bravo loves an ultimatum…

Kelly Dodd Real Housewives of Orange County

Another day, another Kelly Dodd tweet storm with misinformation and good intentions. Kelly has been a major force behind a lot of the story on Real Housewives of Orange County for five seasons. She came in with a bang of low-based b*llsh*t and, well, never left. Do I blame her for the consistent downward trajectory of RHOC? Her and Vicki Gunvalson, yes. You don’t fire Heather Dubrow and put Kelly at the center of a show, but THAT’S MY OPINION (and Tamra’s Judge’s).

Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of great Kelly moments. Like when she accurately described Shane Simpson as a wimp. But other than that, Kelly has really made a name for herself by going below the belt and being generally misinformed about social issues and deadly viruses. This isn’t to say Kelly has bad intentions. I think buried under her tough exterior is a heart that really tries to be in the right place. Take for instance her latest tweet storm.